After my first post-op appointment, it looks like I am doing alright for two weeks out - they did an xray to check the Hardware placement again and it looks fine even though it wasn't the way he really wanted to do it due to the defects at L5 after he had to abort the ALIF and do the PLIF. We saw the physical therapist who was so impressive that we are going to drive the hour to the spine center to do my therapy there each week. She immediately started working on the muscle spasms that are my biggest problem as to pain right now. The ultrasound with cortisone treatment felt fantastic and the doctor doubled the muscle relaxants for nighttime so I can hopefully get some sleep. My only therapy exercises are to stretch the back muscles after using moist heat on them 5 times a day and to keep walking using pain as my guide.
So I have been doing this faithfully for 4 days now and the spasms are still horrendous - they happen only when I lay down and move. During the day when I am walking, sitting and standing I have very little pain beyond some aching. I would welcome any suggestions that anyone might have that would help me get some sleep without being awakened by spasms every hour or two.
L5-SI Fusion December 13, 2010 after two years of leg pain that couldn't be cured by conservative treatments.